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place:- roman wall, Maryport
parish Maryport parish, once in Cumberland
parish Seaton parish, once in Cumberland
parish Workington borough, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
roman wall
coordinates:- NY0337
10Km square:- NY03
References Simpson 1746

1Km square NY0337

old text:- Camden 1789

Britannia, or A Chorographical Description of the Flourishing Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, by William Camden, 1586, translated from the 1607 Latin edition by Richard Gough, published London, 1789.
Page 169:-
Here [about Moresby] the shore goes on a little retreating, and it appears from the ruins of walls, that wherever the landing was easy it was fortified by the Romans. For it was the extreme boundary of the Roman empire, and this coast was particularly exposed to the Scots when they spread themselves like a deluge over this island from Ireland. ...
Page 171:-
From hence some have supposed a wall was carried for near four miles at proper places to defend the coast, by Stilico, in the reign of Honorius and Arcadius, when the Scots from Ireland infested this shore. For thus Britain speaks of herself in Claudian:
There still remain ruins of walls at the mouth of the Elen or Elne, as it is now called, which,
date:- 1789
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

descriptive text:- Simpson 1746

The three volumes of maps and descriptive text published as 'The Agreeable Historian, or the Compleat English Traveller ...', by Samuel Simpson, 1746.
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Some are of Opinion, that Stilico, a potent Commander in the Roman State, made a Wall for about four Miles from hence [Workington], viz. from the Mouth of the Derwent to the River Eln [now Maryport], in all such Places as were convenient for landing, when the Scots from Ireland infested these Coasts; for thus Claudian makes Britain speak for herself:
Me quoq; vicinis pereuntem gentibus, inquit,
Munivit Stilico, totam cum Scotus Hibernem
Movit, & infesto spumavit remige Thetis.
Thus English'd:
And I shall ever own his happy Care,
Who sav'd me sinking in unequal War,
When Scots came thund'ring from the Irish Shores
And th'Ocean trembl'd, struck with hostile Oars.
And, indeed, there are still found Pieces of Wall all along to the Mouth of the Eln.
person:- : Stilico
date:- 1746
period:- 18th century, early; 1740s

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